One of the most important things you can do as an expecting mother is research! Researching in pregnancy can prepare you for your labor, birth and postpartum options. Birth comes with many unknowns - how will labor go, is induction necessary, what should be eaten in labor, will interventions become necessary, and so much more!
“Women can only make informed choices when they’re able to get comprehensive information on the many decisions that come up during pregnancy, labor, birth, and the postpartum period. “ - Ina May Gaskin
Though we highly encourage taking our Be Empowered Childbirth Education classes to help you learn about your birth options, extended research is still so important. But sometimes, it can be hard to know what are reliable resources and evidence-based information.
We are here to help provide you with quick access links to some of the best resources for you to feel confident in the information you are receiving about your birth options!
WEBSITE & RESOURCES
Evidence Based Birth: Provides current, unbiased evidence-based information for pregnancy and birth topics including, induction, vaginal exams, big babies, and so much more!
Childbirth Connection: A great resource of information focused on improve maternity care national, as well as workplace rights for families.
American Pregnancy Association: Information that is evidence-based, easy to understand, and focused on everything from trying to conceive, pregnancy, birth, and reproductive health.
Mama Natural: Evidence-based resources, tools, and inspiration for pregnancy and birth, medically reviewed by their team of Certified Nurse Midwives.
Lamaze International: Resources for parents on healthy birth practices for safe childbirth and labor.
International Cesarean Awareness Network: Provides current research and information on cesarean births, ceasrean rates, prevention, and VBAC facts.
VBAC.com: Most women can have a safe VBAC, a vaginal birth after a cesarean. This website provides childbearing women and maternity care professionals evidence-based information, resources, and support for VBAC and cesarean prevention.
American College of Nurse-Midwives: Through Our Moment of Truth provides resources to discover your full range of health care options and becomes an active decision-maker in your pregnancy and birth.
American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology: A listed resource because this includes the standards your OB should be upholding. Though, we do note they can sometimes be a little delayed so, double research with a second resource to ensure it is current!
Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: A resource with extra information, resources, and worksheets directly related to topics within the book Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn.
LISTEN ON THE GO
Podcasts that provide you with stories, resources, tools and information to be uplifting and empowering!
The Birth Hour: https://thebirthhour.com/
Informed Pregnancy: http://www.informedpregnancy.com/listen
Pregnancy Podcast: https://pregnancypodcast.com/category/podcast/
Natural Birth and Baby Care: https://www.naturalbirthandbabycare.com/
Fear Free Childbirth: https://www.fearfreechildbirth.com/
Fourth Trimester Podcast: https://www.fourthtrimesterpodcast.com/